Socorro Independent School District (SISD), in partnership with El Paso Community College, celebrated the grand opening of the college’s eighth early college high school.
Photo by Isaac Viera / Tejano Tribune
Students from the Early College High School were invited to help with the ribbon cutting ceremony alongside Dr. Jose Espinoza and Dr. William Serrata.
The ceremony, featuring Socorro Early College (SEC) students, SISD Superintendent José Espinoza Ph.D., and EPCC President William Serrata Ph.D., was held Monday, Oct. 26 at Socorro High School.
The Early College High School Initiative is designed to allow students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate's Degree in four years.
The event highlighted the program’s successful start for the 2015-2016 school year and the opportunities the new school is affording students in the Socorro High School area.
“It takes a team to educate a child and partnerships such as this with EPCC gives our students even more opportunities to be college and career ready,” Espinoza said. “I am proud of the collaboration that has allowed team SISD to offer our students more resources, support and a pathway to their college aspirations. We are giving Socorro Early College students the tools to say, ‘Yes, I Did!’ and to be successful in college, careers and life.”
Socorro Early College, a school within a school, opened at Socorro High School for the 2015-2016 school year with 125 students. SEC is team SISD’s second early college high school, which is an innovative high school that allows students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree or at least 60 college credit hours.
Early college high schools offer dual credit courses at no cost to students, rigorous instruction and accelerated courses, and academic and social support services to ensure students succeed.
“Socorro Early College is bringing an awareness of college readiness to SHS and specifically our feeder pattern students who may feel that college is out of reach for them,” said Andrew Halatyn, director of Socorro Early College. “It sends a strong message to the community that we support our students’ efforts and we are committed to preparing students for post-secondary education. SEC and SISD stand out as progressive leaders in college readiness.
Parents are recognizing that their children’s education will be the best in the region.”
This is the eighth early college high school under EPCC and second for Socorro ISD. The other early college high school programs are Valle Verde Early College High School with Ysleta ISD, Transmountain Early College High School and Burges Early College High School with El Paso ISD, Clint Early College Academy with Clint ISD, Northwest Early College High School with Canutillo ISD, Cotton Valley Early College High School with Fabens ISD.